Council employee fired for swindling millions

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Council employee fired for swindling millions
Gentofte Town Hall. Photo: Gentofte Kommune

Nearly five million kroner of Gentofte Council's money has been misused since 2009 and council employees weren't aware of anything until a curious resident came to their aid.


A former employee of Gentofte Council is suspected of using nearly five million kroner in public funds for her own use. 
According to TV2 News, the woman is suspected of swindling 4.7 million kroner ($842,000) from 2009 until July 2014. The alleged misconduct was discovered when a resident conducted business with the woman and noticed that the woman’s payment came from a bank account owned by Gentofte Council, a suburban municipality north of Copenhagen.  
When it was brought to the council’s attention, officials subsequently discovered suspicious withdrawals and transfers dating back to 2009. 
Gentofte Council’s administrative director Frank Andersen confirmed to TV2 News that the woman was fired after the misuse was reported on July 28th.  
“A police report has been filed,” he said. “That we didn’t find it earlier is solely because supervision [of the account] was not maintained.”
Andersen said that an employee in charge of the council’s bank account has been temporarily suspended from work. According to TV2, there is no indication that the supervisor was involved in the misuse of funds. 


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